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Good morning, Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top Newspaper Headlines in Nigeria for today Wednesday, 5th August 2020

1. Buhari Plans To Overhaul Security Architecture – Monguno

The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), On Tuesday, noted that President Muhammadu Buhari is not pleased with the insecurity issues in the country.

According to him, due to the dissatisfaction of the President, he is planning an overhaul of the nation’s security architecture.

Monguno revealed this on Tuesday while speaking with State House Correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the National Security Council presided over by the President.

2. WAEC Releases 2020 WASSCE Timetable

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) timetable.

WAEC’s Head of Public Affairs, Demianus Ojijeogu, made this known in a statement titled, ‘WAEC Releases Timetable For The Conduct Of West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) For School Candidates, 2020’ on Tuesday.

The examination body advised candidates to disregard other versions of the examination timetable in circulation.

WAEC stated that the examination would begin on August 17, 2020, and end September 12, 2020.

3. EFCC Re-arraigns Adoke On Amended Money Laundering Charges

The former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN) has been re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on amended money laundering charges.

The case is one of the multiple charges the EFCC had filed in different courts in respect of various aspects of the controversial OPL 245 transactions, also known as Malabu Oil deal.

The anti-graft agency re-arraigned the former AGF alongside a businessman, Aliyu Abubakar, before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

They were re-arraigned on Tuesday following the amendment of the old charges that saw the number of counts increase from seven to 14.

4. NDDC Supports Akpabio, Says National Assembly Collected 250 Contracts In One Day

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has disclosed that it will release more names of National Assembly lawmakers that fraudulently took contracts from the commission without executing them.

This is as the commission also declared support for the list earlier released by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

The NDDC in a statement by its Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Charles Odili noted that the list released by Akpabio was only a tip of the iceberg.

5. Ondo Assembly Suspends Another Lawmaker

The Ondo State House of Assembly on Tuesday suspended the lawmaker representing Ondo West Constituency 1, Hon. Leonard Tomide Akinribido.

Naija News reports that Hon. Akinribido is the only lawmaker elected on the platform of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

He was suspended for alleged gross misconduct and use of vulgar words against Speaker Bamidele Oleyelogun in the Hallowed Chamber and on WhatsApp platform.

6. Buhari Orders Payment Of NDDC Scholarship Students Abroad

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally ordered the payment of fees and stipends of stranded scholarship students of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) studying abroad.

Naija News reports that the President’s order for the payment of NDDC scholarship students was conveyed in a statement signed by the NDDC Director, Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili. The statement said President Buhari conveyed the directive to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, following the protest of the students.

The statement said the NDDC scholarship students would be paid by the end of the week explaining that the delay was caused by the sudden death of Chief Ibanga Etang, the then Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration, EDFA, of the Commission in May.

7. Stamp Duty: Again, FIRS And NIPOST Fight Dirty On Twitter

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has reacted to the Twitter statement by Maimuna Abubakar, board chairman of the Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) over the ongoing disagreement between the two federal government agencies on the collection of stamp duty revenue.

The FIRS in a series of tweets via its official twitter account on Tuesday, said the NIPOST board chairman was trying to mislead the public by her own previous statements.

Naija News recalls the NIPOST board chairman had in a series of tweets on Sunday, accused the FIRS of attempting to steal the mandate of NIPOST and urged the general public to come to their rescue.

8. Broadcasting Stations In Nigeria To Pay N5million For Hate Speech

Broadcasting stations in Nigeria that broadcast materials considered to be hate speech will pay between half a million and five million, the Federal Government has said.

Naija News reports that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed disclosed this in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city today, Tuesday, August 4.

The Minister of Information disclosed this in the company of the acting DG of NBC, Professor Armstrong Idachaba during the unveiling of the amended portion of the 6th edition of NBC code.

9. Atiku, Saraki Declare Position On Returning To APC

The camps of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki have declared that their principals are not thinking of returning to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The same goes for the camp of former Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

They also described the APC as a sinking ship that is on a downward journey and not attractive to anybody.

Their declarations follow the recent high profile defection of some politicians including former House of Rep Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Senator Barnabas Gemade who both returned to the APC.

10. FG May Sell Petrol At N150 Per Litre

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) may increase the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), petrol, from N143.80 to N150 per litre.

Recall that the PPPRA had recently increased the product to a band of N140.80 to N143.80 per litre.

Prior to the July 1 hike, the agency had on May 1, approved price band of N121.50 to N123.50 per litre for the product.

But a source on Tuesday told The Nation that marketers are pushing for the upward review to N150 per litre for the month of August.

According to the source, marketers want the increase following the soaring price of crude oil in the international market.

That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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